FOR ADOPTION in CORNWALL/DEVON
Border Collie x Kelpie
The following profile is based on information provided to us by the previous owner and also on our assessment here while Mikey is with us.
MIKEY - A fitting name for this amazingly spirited, cute and fun collie pup.
We love Mikey to bits and someone will be very lucky to have him in their life.
Size: petite medium size and still some growing/filling out to do
Age: DOB 19.01.2023 (9 months in Nov23)
Neutered: not yet (ideal time would be at around 12 months old).
Child friendly: yes. Would be happy in a home with or without children, but if there are resident children he would be best with dog savvy older teenage children (16+) who are balanced and respect a dog's boundaries would be ok. He can be very boisterous and may unintentionally hurt a young child. Mikey has lived with children before, but any really lively children would unsettle him. He is best in calm household. Mikey has lived with children before. Younger visiting children e,g grandchildren would be fine under strict supervision and only if they know how to treat a dog, as Mikey is very excitable and playful. Typical collie pup with the classic breed traits.
Dog friendly: yes. Mikey loves to play with other dogs and heeds any warnings. We have let him mix with a variety of dogs of different ages and temperaments and Mikey did really well with all of them. He is a very social dog. We have once observed tension over a toy, but the dogs heeded each other's warnings and there was no fighting.
Cat friendly: lived with 3 cats in his previous home. He may want to play with a cat like he would with a dog. If there are cats, ideally they are used to dogs. Adopters need to be realistic and expect the introduction not to be an instant process. We are happy to give guidance on this.
House Trained: yes
Behaviour/Temperament/Unique traits/ Training needs:
Mikey is very much a collie. He is highly intelligent and a very quick learner. He picked up basic commands in no time at all and is ever so easily trainable. He loves training when it's fun and training him is just super enjoyable and the results are so quick.
Very friendly in nature. Lively and loves attention. A typical border collie pup in his behaviours and great fun.
Already walks well on the lead. Does have a tendency to pull when he wants to explore something and is too impatient, but most of the time he is fab.
He showed separation anxiety in his previous home. Here we leave him for a few hours each day and he is fine providing he does get adequate exercise. Sometimes a barks a little bit, but if left in a quiet spot he happily amuses himself with a Kong, stuffed hoof or raw bone and then goes to sleep.
An outlet for his physical energy and active mind is essential though before he is left. Being a collie he will not be happy and fulfilled with a sedate life style and suits an active and varied home who can give him the time and stimulation he needs. Mikey would most likely love activities like agility or CaniCross for example. Anything that would give him an outlet for his breed traits.
We took him with us to a cafe and he was ever so friendly to anyone on two or four legs and quite the star of the show with the staff and other guests there. He was quiet during our meal too. We did not expect a pup of his age and breed to behave so well. He was an absolute trooper!
Being the age he is, Mikey does sometimes try to push the boundaries which is totally expected in a teenage dog and we find it quite amusing when he tries it on. However, he can be quite persistent. For example he does get stroppy (he barks!) when he does not get what he expects, e.g throwing a ball fast enough or not being centre of attention when people are talking to each other rather than focusing on him. We are working with Mikey on that too whenever possible. Again, our time is sadly limited and his future home will need to be prepared to continue what we started.
As a typical collie trait Mikey does show interest in chasing cars. We are working with him on this and his new adopters would have to be prepared to continue this. Our time is very limited and it may take some time.
With kindness, calmness and consistency all will be just fine and Mikey will grow up into the most fabulous dog.
Crate trained, but would prefer to be with his family without separation.
When Mikey is new to your home we would ask you to follow our guidelines for new dogs. Hence a good size garden will be essential so that he has got somewhere to run and play in during the initial days and after.
Blood tested/Health: Health checked, up to date with everything and no known conditions. Our vet loved Mikey and vice versa (see pics) and he was a true star on the day.
Rescue story: Mikey was initially discovered on FreeAds when he went to his previous home. Sadly his previous family chose the wrong breed for their life style and dog experience and as a result sadly things did not work out. So he came into our care and so far he is very happy with us. In fact we love him to bits!
Cornwall/Devon only please.
Mikey is not really a town kind of dog and would prefer the space of a more rural or semi rural setting. His new home has to have a large enough garden for him to run around and play in and a surrounding area suitable to meet Mikey's needs.
A calm and settled home would work best for a collie like him.
Mikey needs a realistic home who take into account his age and breed. He has the potential to be an absolutely amazing dog, but this may take a bit of work. He is after all a teenager.
If his new adopters have experience with Collies that would be beneficial as he needs a home who understands him. Collies are fabulous dogs in the right hands. If you never had a collie please research the breed before you apply to adopt. Collies are amazing dogs, but not right for everyone. His future adopters need to be able to provide the right life style, energy and activity level for a border collie.
Mikey is a highly intelligent and active dog. He will need a home who can give him what he needs. He loves people and other dogs, but can get a bit jealous and boisterous at times. Mikey, being a young teenage pup is testing the boundaries intermittently and need gentle and consistent guidance on what behaviours are acceptable and which are not.
Our very experienced team canine coach will gladly offer his help and guidance with issues that may arise. This is free of charge for our adopters/fosterers.
Application and vetting process apply. Please contact us if you would like to adopt Mikey. We usually reply within 24 hours, mostly sooner and if you don’t hear back please contact us again. Thank you ♥
Meet & Greet will gladly be arranged after the application was approved.